Mr Andrew Mackay and Ms Julie Kirkbride - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents

15.  Extract from the Report by Sir Thomas Legg on his ACA Review, 1 February 2010: Rt Hon Andrew Mackay [186]

Mr Mackay is married to another MP. He designated his London flat as his second home, while his wife nominated it as her main home. He designated his constituency home as his main home while his wife nominated it as her second home. This meant that, between them, the couple had no main home which was not funded by the ACA. Throughout the five years of the review period, they both claimed at or close to the full allowance to support their two homes. These arrangements obtained a financial benefit for the couple which appears unintended under the Green Book rules, and as such contrary to the principles governing it. Had they made different designations, each MP might reasonably have claimed up to two-thirds of the full allowance on a shared second home. On this footing, each of them was overpaid by one-third of the maximum ACA for each year of the review period. This is £29,243.

He was also paid £9,950 for cleaning over the four years 2004-05 to 2007-08, thus exceeding the allowable maximum by a total of £1,950.

Total repayment recommended: £31,193.00

Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £31,193.00

Balance recommended to be repaid: £0.00

186   Published as Appendix 1 to the First Report of the Members Estimate Committee, Session 2009-10 (HC 348) Back

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